COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Reports of suicide, murder, dementia, memory loss and other problems experienced by players from the National Football League have led one research group -headed by neuroscientist and brain-imaging expert Daniel G. Amen, M.D. — to study the effects of an interventional strategy designed to improve cognitive function which would "reverse brain damage" from years of playing in contact sports. Quarterback Andrew Luck is still in the concussion protocol, head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Tuesday. Luck, who did not participate in Tuesday's practice, suffered a concussion during the Colts' 24-17 win over the Titans on Sunday, and is in serious jeopardy for Indianapolis' major contest against Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving. "It's one of the most exciting discoveries in medicine today," said Dr. Amen who has published 55 scientifically peer reviewed studies and three specifically on his work with 135 active and retired NFL players. "I hope this message finds anyone who played contact sports like football, hockey, soccer, boxing so they can find help because their degenerative conditions can be reversed." The study, titled "Reversing Brain Damage in Former NFL Players" and published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, used brain SPECT images (single photon emission computed tomography) and a standard neuropsychological test to measure the blood flow in the areas of the brain, cognitive functions and proficiency related to mood, memory, language, attention and information speed and accuracy. The athletes followed a "brain-healthy protocol" designed by Dr. Amen that included a revised diet, regular exercise, limited alcohol use, eliminating drug use and cigarette use, getting enough sleep, as well as nutritional supplements, including high dosage of fish oil, a high-potency multi-vitamin, and a group of brain boosting ingredients, such as gingko, vinpocetine, phosphatidylserine, among others as demonstrated in the Brain Warrior's Way Book."Concussions are a national, silent epidemic that need more focus still. I loved football, played it for many years and used to enjoy watching it, until I realized I loved a brain damaging sport that can take away the mind, independence and families of those who play it." - Dr. Daniel AmenNew York Timesbestselling authors Daniel G. Amen, MD and Tana Amen, BSN, RN., are ready to lead you to victory with the THE BRAIN WARRIOR'S WAY:Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose(NAL Hardcover; November 22, 2016; $27.00)—your arsenal to win the fight to live a better life. The Amens have provided the roadmap with this revolutionary new release. In their scientific program, Daniel and Tana Amen will show how to combat TBI and CTE, while sharpening your memory, stabilize your mood, and gain a Brain Warrior's mindset.
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The Amens are giving early access to their global debut of the Brain Warrior's Way Podcast to walk alongside their new book. You can subscribe for free on iTunes. This December, the Amens will be bringing THE BRAIN WARRIOR'S WAYand THE BRAIN WARRIOR'S WAY COOKBOOK to audiences across the country in their latest PBS Special, BrainFit: 50 Ways to Grow Your Brain. It is there that they will be sharing their knowledge on natural and scientific proven ways to overcome TBI, CTE, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, memory, Alzheimer's Disease and obesity.About the AuthorsDaniel G. Amen, MD, is a double board-certified psychiatrist, professor, and ten-time New York Times bestselling author. He is one of the world's foremost experts on using brain-imaging tools to help optimize and treat his patients. Amen Clinics have one of the highest published success rates for patients. His research was listed as one of the Top 100 Stories in Science for 2015 by Discover magazine. He has written and hosted eleven highly popular shows about the brain for public television. His work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and Men's Health and on The Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Phil. Tana Amen, BSN, RN is the VP of Amen Clinics, is the author of 6 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Omni Diet. She is a highly respected health and fitness expert, and a nationally renowned speaker and media guest. She has appeared on The Doctors, Today, Good Day New York, and more. Additionally, Tana's appearances on public television promoting brain health have helped raise millions of dollars for local stations. Visit the authors online at brainwarriorsway.com, Facebook.com/DrDanielAmen and @DocAmen. Facebook/TanaAmenBSNRN and @TanaAmen